Decision Support Analyst

Requisition ID: 43723

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia)

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation. A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you'll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration - to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves. When you join our team, you'll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators. Are you ready to launch your career?


The Performance Modeling and Analysis Department (PMAD) focuses on the modeling, analysis, and optimization of orbits, satellite access, and system performance at all levels for space architectures. We develop sensor models and system visualizations; perform system and architecture performance assessments; and perform orbital coverage, geolocation, and communications analyses. We develop and maintain special-purpose software to support our analyses. PMAD software developers apply object-oriented and parallel processing techniques to our software to leverage the corporation's high-performance computing resources. We are looking for a Space Systems Optimization Engineer to:

Key Functions

  • Perform optimization using evolutionary computing and multi-criterion decision-making techniques, and assess overall performance through the use of in-house or custom-developed analysis tools.
  • Provide technical expertise in the areas of space system architecture modeling and coverage analysis. Develop and generate system performance metrics as necessary.
  • Compare the performance of architecture variants and conduct trade studies.
  • Create, modify, and maintain computer code resident on corporate computing resources as needed.
  • Work with senior analysts as part of larger study teams.
  • Develop and present analytical results using Python, MS Office, and other tools.
  • Interact with program office and customer organizations.


  • Master's degree in aerospace engineering, operations research, or related field of science, engineering, or mathematics with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA based on a 4.0 scale.
  • 0-1 year of industry related experience
  • Dependability, good interpersonal skills, and skills in documentation and presentation of results.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI.

  • Graduate degree in aerospace engineering, operations research, or related field of science, engineering, or mathematics.
  • Familiarity with orbital mechanics and mathematics related to satellite access geometry.
  • Prior experience in system analysis and simulation.
  • Background in one of the following areas: optimization and/or decision support, operations research, decision analysis, architecture performance analysis and modeling, software and/or simulation development.
  • Technically adept with the use and maintenance of PC or Unix platforms and associated software.
  • Experience developing analysis tools using C/C++ and Python.

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.

Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret

Access: SCI

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph

Relocation Available: [[relo]]

Employment Type: Regular

Work Schedule: Full Time

Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance. U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion,genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you're an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email You can also reviewThe Equal Employment Opportunity is the Lawposter andthe supplement, as well as thePay Transparency Policy Statement.

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